Hey just wanted to jump in here and say a couple things:
Let me preface with: My GPA is slightly lower than yours but i have a 12 credit alt. transcript with all A's from this year. (business quant classes)
I was looking at all the schools you were and NYU was number 1 for a while. But that changed.
Just because a schools GPA range is closer to yours doesn't mean it is more forgiving of lower GPA's Also Stern is REALLY close to all the other schools, within .15. I dropped this strategy because its not the best way to select schools.
After some thought and conversations with consultants and Club members I decided on Booth or Kellogg as my hail mary. I settled on Booth because of fit.
I, like you, am concerned about getting into a good school period and fit became secondary to getting in. I am applying to 6 schools in round one. (My apps are tight, as I've been working on them for months) I don't care about being in a city i don't like if its the best school i can get into.
Either way, there are better ways to target schools that can be more forgiving.
Ross for example is BIG and has a lower GPA (thats why we are both applying there)
the question is why?
is it b/c they give less weight to GPA? or Do they favor more technical background that produce lower GPA's? (Like Eng, or Bio)
Then these stats are the middle 80% NYU is smaller than kellogg and booth so while it may have a slightly lower range, less people get in with GPA's out of that range. For people like us bigger is better.
Looking at acceptance rate is important in my opinion. If it "depends on candidates" the implication being that a higher acceptance rate includes lower quality candidates then why not apply to Booth over NYU?
NYU is 14% booth is 25%
Booth accepted 954 people compared to NYU at 670
Booth had 3800 apps compared to NYU at 4600.
Booths GPA range: 3.14-3.88
IMO case closed.
NYU is more selective because of they have a larger pool to select from.
FACT: There are more people with sub 3.0's at booth then NYU.
Another thing NYU is notoriously unforgiving of low GPA's. Unlike Ross, Darden, Gtown, CMU etc.
All the above could be said about Kellogg too but I think to a lesser extent.
Look at the numbers more closely and I think either Kellogg or Booth is going to win this one. Then if you can show fit you will greatly increase your chances at either school, much more than a couple of .10's in GPA.
My schools are as follows:
Booth, Duke EA, Ross, G Town, UVA, CMU(GPA range goes down to 2.8!) If things don't work out in R1: then UNC, maybe Emory and then i dont know yet.
I read your posts and connect with you because we are worried about the same thing. I hope this post was helpful because its not just about range. CMU LOVES engineers, and you'd be within their GPA range. Get into the numbers a little deeper and youre gonna settle on booth or kellogg iMo.
Finally, if apps are down, this season acceptance rates will go up, NYU is fantastic and I'd be there in a heartbeat but why not go for Booth/Kellogg, they crush NYU in many respects.
Now lets see what Alex says.......
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